The Most Romantic Cities on the River
Forget a simple city break - Romantic River Cruises are where it's at
As the summer weather heats up, so too does romance! If you are looking for a unique and romantic city break, there are countless choices found around Europe. After all, in just a few hours you can be strolling the canals of Venice or sipping a fine vintage in Bordeaux. When you are with the one you love, almost any city can feel romantic – but some are certainly more atmospheric than others.
That said, some of the more traditional romantic city break destinations are feeling a bit played out this summer. Crowded with swarms of tourists and packed with selfie-stick wielding couples trying to achieve the same romantic feeling that you are after – not very special!
Instead, a river cruise offers savvy travellers a much better way to experience the most romantic cities on the continent. Those in the know have long since eschewed the inconvenience of travelling from city to city on trains or by flight (which always takes much longer than you think it will). Instead, booking passage on a luxury river cruise is a much better way to take a romantic city break.
Rivers are the lifeblood of most European cities, and most of the best and most beautiful monuments and architecture can be found within view of the shores. Imagine cruising into Paris, Prague or Budapest on a luxury river boat that has been kitted out to provide the five star hotel quality service. Sumptuous food, bespoke cocktails and personalised service – all of this, and you only have to unpack once on your entire holiday.
Thinking of checking out the following cities? This summer (or even next) it’s time to see them from the river in style, class and comfort.
Paris is widely regarded as the most romantic city in the world, and there is no denying that its Gallic charm is sensuous and intoxicating. A River Seine cruise will take you past the Eiffel Tower, Notre Dame Cathedral and the Champs Elysees.
The Czech capital is draped in gothic architecture and baroque stunners, and it captivates all who visit. This dynamic city is usually included on Elbe or Danube River Cruise itineraries. Beat the crowds and visit aboard a romantic river cruise.
Home to Mozart, trendy coffee houses and romantic wine bars, Vienna is one of Europe’s undisputed cultural capitals. A cruise down the Danube River will allow you to take in all of the sites from the luxury of your floating five star hotel.
Amsterdam is widely regarded as one of the most interesting and quaint European capitals, and its canals are legendary. A Dutch Waterways or Rhine River Cruise is the perfect way to explore this romantic city and spend time enjoying its culture, food and wine scenes.
Like a finely darned piece of lace, the delicate gothic beauty of Budapest cannot be overstated. Imagine strolling the Danube River that separates the ancient cities of Buda and Pest, hand in hand and stopping to sip some wine. Sheer bliss! A Danube River cruise will usually include stops here and in Vienna – a perfect combination.
A city set amongst snow capped mountains on the banks of a gorgeous river, Lucerne is a wonderfully romantic and engaging city. Its Old Town is remarkable, and its diverse natural landscape will take your breath away. Spend time with your love in Lucerne on a Rhine River Cruise.
One of the prettiest cities in France, Lyon is famous for its medieval architecture, Gallic charm and as an ideal base for a Rhone River Cruise. Gorgeous scenery, delectable food and amazing wine make Lyon one of the most romantic city breaks in Europe.
Whether you have just started dating or you are celebrating your 50th anniversary, a river cruise is the best way to maximise your precious time together. There is truly no better way to experience these magnificent cities.